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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday called for depriving Russia of the right to vote as a member UN Security Councilclaiming the attack on his country, which began last week, amounted to “criminal acts” that had “signs of genocide”, the report said.
“This is terror,” Zelensky said in a video message, referring to a military invasion ordered. Russian President Vladimir Putinwhich in recent days has spread throughout Ukraine, including targets in Kyiv, the capital, and Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, among other places.
“They are going to bomb our Ukrainian cities even more, they are killing our children even more subtly,” he added. according to Reuters. “It is an evil that has come to our land and must be destroyed.”
“Russia’s criminal actions against Ukraine show signs of genocide,” he added.
Belarusian site rejected
Also Sunday, Zelensky said he was ready for talks with Russia, but rejected her offer to hold talks in Belarus, saying the country was a springboard for Russia’s invasion last week.
“Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We offered everything, ”Zielenski said, referring to alternative places for the proposed talks. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.
“And any other city in a country where missiles do not fly will suit us,” he added.
On Sunday, the Kremlin announced it had sent a negotiating team to Belarus for talks Ukrainian officials.
“The Russian delegation is ready for talks, and now we are waiting for the Ukrainians,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who noted that the delegation includes the military and diplomats, according to Reuters.
But Ukrainian officials said the potential peace talks were not “real” but “propaganda.” the report said.
Macron makes a point
Meanwhile, French President Emanuel Macron has asked Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to “expel Russian troops from Belarus as soon as possible, as these troops are waging a unilateral and unjust war.”
During a telephone conversation on Saturday, Macron “expressed his opinion to condemn the seriousness of the decision that would allow Russia to deploy nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil,” according to a call from Fox News Digital.
Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, continuing on Sunday Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, after Russian forces waited outside the city for several days. Russian forces also attacked the capital Kiev, among other places.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.